Iman Fandi

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Iman Fandi
Iman Fandi.jpg
Born18 May 2000
Alma materCHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity, Singapore Sports School, CHIJ St Joseph's Convent
Height169 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Parent(s)Fandi Ahmad (father), Wendy Jacobs (mother)
FamilyIrfan Fandi (brother), Ikhsan Fandi (brother), Ilhan Fandi (brother), Iryan Fandi (brother)

Iman Fandi (born 18 May 2000) is a Singaporean model and the only daughter to local football icon Fandi Ahmad and the former South African model Wendy Jacobs. Iman forayed into modelling at 14 years old when she clinched two titles at the 2014 TNP New Face competition.

Background[edit | edit source]

Iman (second from right) is the middle child and only daughter to Wendy Jacobs and Fandi Ahmad. Photo from Brand Insider.

Early life & family[edit | edit source]

Iman is the third of five children to the Singaporean footballer Fandi Ahmad and retired model Wendy Jacobs. In a 2018 interview, Wendy Jacobs shared that Iman meant “faith”. Wendy and Fandi had named her in the hope that she would have faith to carry out “anything and everything she puts her mind to”.[1] Iman became a vegan at 15 years old with the influence of her friend Sophia.[2]

Education[edit | edit source]

Iman went to CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity in primary school.[3] She then joined her older siblings Irfan and Ikhsan in the Singapore Sports School.[4] In Secondary 3, Iman went on to study at CHIJ St Joseph's Convent.[5][6] She took a gap year from her studies in 2017 when she worked part-time at a hairdressing salon, took on modelling jobs and traveled the world.[7] After her gap year, Iman pursued a private course in Psychology.[8]

Track and Field - Sprinter[edit | edit source]

Iman started participating in track and field meets in primary school. During that time, she went from a track novice to a 100-metre sprint champion. She won the 100-metre final in the National Inter-Primary School Track and Field Championships for her school - CHIJ Our Lady of The Nativity - at a timing of 13.68 seconds.[9]

Modelling[edit | edit source]

Iman Fandi and her older brothers on the January 2018 cover of Harper's Bazaar. Photo from Harper's Bazaar.

As of 2020, Iman is a model under LINKModels International.[10] Iman has appeared on the covers of publications like Harper's Bazaar and Nylon. In June 2019, she was Nylon's Digital Cover Girl.[11]She has endorsed brands like The Body Shop and Adidas.[12] Alongside Joakim Gomez, Michelle Sng and Danial Ashriq, Iman is an Adidas Runner.[13][14]

The New Paper New Face (2014)[edit | edit source]

Iman started her modelling career when she took part in The New Paper’s New Face 2014 competition[15] during which she won the following titles - "Miss Popularity" and "New Look Miss Fashionista".[16] Following her success at the competition, she was featured on the front cover of Elle Magazine with models Fiona Fussi and Vivien Ong in January 2015.[17]


At only 14 years old, Iman was the youngest participant in the competition.[18] Iman’s young age prompted conversation over the potential dangers that underage models may face, as well as how other modelling agencies have taken action to safeguard their safety.[19]

Brand identity & image[edit | edit source]

In a 2019 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Iman shared that she advocates for veganism, eco-friendliness and anti-animal cruelty as part of her brand identity.[20]


Iman has cited her mother as her motivation to pursue a career in modelling.[21] Iman and Wendy Jacobs have done interviews together for publications like Marie-France[22] and Harper's Bazaar.[23] They have also been featured together in advertisements and shoots from time to time. In 2015, the mother-daughter duo modelled for the "ALDO FIGHTS AIDS" #PERFECTPAIR campaign.[24] In 2019, Iman and Wendy appeared at the Harper’s Bazaar NewGen Fashion Awards together.[25]

Acting[edit | edit source]

Television[edit | edit source]

Iman made her acting debut in 2019 with a role in a web-series called Emerald Hill.[26]

Year Channel Television Programme Character Refs.
2019 Toggle TV Emerald Hill Jasmine [27][28]

References / Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Harper's Bazaar Staff. “Beauty At Every Age: Wendy Jacobs and Iman Fandi”. Harper's Bazaar Singapore. May 2, 2018. Accessed 4 December 2019.
  2. Iman Fandi Ahmad. "Veganism". Iman Fandi. December 8, 2017. Accessed 4 December 2019.
  3. Wang, Meng Meng. “Football: Five things to know about Fandi Ahmad's eldest son Irfan”. The Straits Times. February 10, 2015. Accessed 3 December 2019.
  4. "Rankings 2013 top athletes". Singapore Athletics. Last updated 2 January 2014. Accessed on 5 February 2020.
  5. Ang, Benson. “Teen models - how young is too young?” The Straits Times. August 16, 2015. Accessed December 02, 2019. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
  6. "SJC Heartbeat - Passion, Aspirations, Dreams (Volume 2)". Scribd. June 27, 2016. Accessed on 5 February 2020.
  7. Twang, Lisa. “This Is How Wendy Jacobs Successfully Raised Five Kids”. Women’s Weekly. September 23, 2017. Accessed 3 December 2019.
  8. Iman Fandi Ahmad. "Taking A Gap Year To Find Myself". Iman Fandi. November 22, 2017. Accessed on 5 February 2020.
  9. Wang, Meng Meng. “Football: Five things to know about Fandi Ahmad's eldest son Irfan”. The Straits Times. February 10, 2015. Accessed 3 December 2019.
  10. Iman Fandi Ahmad - Models”. LINKModels International. May 31, 2019. Accessed 2 December 2019.
  11. Editorial Team. "Meet The Model Game Changer With A Heart Of Gold — June 2019 Digital Cover Girl, Iman Fandi". Nylon Singapore. June 1, 2020. Accessed on 6 February 2020.
  12. Iman Fandi Ahmad. “Iman Fandi Ahmad Promotes The Body Shop”. Instagram. August 24, 2018. Accessed 4 December 2019.
  13. Adidas Solar Boost Will Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals”. Shape Singapore. January 17, 2019. Accessed 4 December 2019.
  14. Iman Fandi Ahmad. “Iman Fandi Ahmad with Adidas Runners”. Instagram. January 10, 2019. Accessed 4 December 2019.
  15. Teo, Jade. “Following in mum’s footsteps.” The New Paper. April 10, 2015. Accessed 2 December 2019. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
  16. Leo, Lakeisha. “'Happy but shocked' to win two titles.” The New Paper. October 3, 2014. Accessed 2 December 2019. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
  17. Ang, Benson. “Teen models - how young is too young?” The Straits Times. August 16, 2015. Accessed 2 December 2019. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
  18. Ang, Benson. “Teen models - how young is too young?” The Straits Times. August 16, 2015. Accessed 2 December 2019. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
  19. Ang, Benson. “Teen models - how young is too young?” The Straits Times. August 16, 2015. Accessed 2 December 2019. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
  20. Koh, Dana. “BEYOND THE HYPE: IMAN FANDI ON GEN Z BEAUTYHarper’s Bazaar Singapore. June 12, 2019. Accessed 2 December 2019.
  21. Teo, Jade. “Following in mum’s footsteps.” The New Paper. April 10, 2015. Accessed 2 December 2019. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
  22. George, Karen. “Mother-Daughter: Exclusive Q&A with Wendy Jacobs & Iman Fandi Ahmad”. Marie-France Asia. May 5, 2015. Accessed 4 December 2019.
  23. Harper's Bazaar Staff. “Beauty At Every Age: Wendy Jacobs and Iman Fandi”. Harper's Bazaar Singapore. May 2, 2018. Accessed 4 December 2019.
  24. Koh, Emily. “ALDO #PERFECTPAIR – A Collaboration in Photography”. Asia 361. May 2, 2015. Accessed 4 December 2019.
  25. Pillay, Navin. “ALL THE STYLISH GUESTS AT THE BAZAAR NEWGEN FASHION AWARDS SHOW 2019”. Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. November 20, 2019. Accessed 4 December 2019.
  26. Editorial Team. “Meet The Model Game Changer With A Heart Of Gold - June 2019 Digital Cover Girl, Iman Fandi”. NYLON SINGAPORE. June 1, 2019. Accessed 4 December 2019.
  27. Emerald Hill High Show Info”. Toggle. Accessed 3 December 2019.
  28. "Jasmine - Emerald Hill High". meWatch. February 7, 2019. Accessed on 5 February 2020.